Since I became CEO at Picturelife, I've gotten one question the most: Do you still get to code? While I've certainly had to put other priorities over coding, I am really happy to say I've still gotten to code quite a bit. Actually, what's happened, is that instead of coding substantially less, I'm coding on different aspects of the platform. What's that mean? With the shift in my responsibility for the company, I'm become much more focused on hacking on behalf our business success.
Blogged here with full news, so won't write much in this space. Nonetheless, I couldn't be more excited to lead the company I co-founded 2+ years ago. These next two, and beyond, are going to be quite exciting and special. If you're in New York and would like to join me on this adventure, I'm excitedly looking for the right engineers, designers, UX leaders, and marketers to continue Picturelife's explosive growth and make Picturelife a household name.
Earlier this year, my investment fund, Red Bud, joined Flybridge, Foundry Group, Bre Pettis, The Box Group and several other angels in backing Dragon Innovation. Today, the Dragon platform is live. Until now, Dragon has been behind the scenes helping hackers and entrepreneurs bring to fruition nearly every successful crowd funded hardware project you've seen (like the Pebble watch I love so much!), as well as helping deliver products for well known independent hardware manufacturers like MakerBot and some other companies I can't tell you about but you've surely heard of.
I haven't been great at writing here lately, so I thought I'd try sharing some photos I've been taking and writing a quick story about them. Today I'll start with a photo walk through the Freedom Tunnel I took last week with Bijan Sabat and David Haber. You can see more of my photos from the walk here, Bijan's are here, and David's are here. My two take aways from the walk were:
Of course I don't weep for tech journalism (some of my best friends are tech journalists!), but I couldn't help but get a little sad reading tech journalist after tech journalist climb over each other over the past 24 hours trying to pooh-pooh or even decry the lack of innovation represented by Instagram's video announcement. But it wasn't until my dad sent me Farhad Manjoo's piece that I felt like I needed to say something.
We, like any community, are subject to the occasional cliche. In the tech world, one that's always been prevalent is that of the recluse, socially inept, programmer. The frazzled stare, the bloodshot eyes, the occasional stammer before their mind runs off into another world - a world of haunting bugs and the eternal quest for elegance and speed and the victory of achieving both. I have to tell you, I didn't really understand where this stereotype came from until recently.
Last night I tweeted, asking for ideas on what to blog about, and my friend Jonathan suggested "Working with Charles Forman." @innonate donglegate. Or living near but not IN nyc. Or life post-learning2code. Or working with Mr Forman. Or how you prioritize features. — Jonathan Wegener (@jwegener) March 22, 2013 Now, I took that as "Working with Charles Forman, the man, the myth, the legend." But there's a more important and common issue here, and so I'm taking it as "
Today, I'm excited to introduce Picturelife. Go check it out. Two years ago, Charles Forman, Jacob DeHart and I started building Picturelife with a clear dream: all our photos should be safe and secure, in one place, accessible from anywhere, and seamless to backup. We knew the challenge was tough. We knew other folks would try and deliver products in the same market. But nothing excited us more than to work on something that was so dearly needed and something so damn hard to get right.
In the past several weeks, I've met up with a number of good friends who are moving on from their current startups; moving on not because the companies were all out failures, but because sometimes you've got to cut your losses and, well, move on. If you're facing the same thing -- maybe induced by a "Series A Crunch," founder fallout, boredom, or whatever -- you're dealing with the fact that your dream won't be what you hoped.
As a technologist and leader of a tech organization, its easy to think about policy and politics strictly through the lens of "what does this issue do for my industry?" But, to build a successful industry we also need a successful society, and a key part of a sucessful society is a political and election system that's fair, open and serves all its citizens. Remember, the NY Tech Meetup's mission is to "